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The Modibbo Haruna Buhari Charity Organisation (BCO), Abuja, an NGO, has appealed to Muslims to offer special prayers during the Ramadan fasting period for the quick recovery and return of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Modibbo Suleiman-Masaka, the National Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the organisation, made the call on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

He said Buhari’s quick recovery would help him to deliver more dividends of democracy to the citizens.

“Prayers remain key to the success of every individual and government.

“There is need for Nigerians to continue praying for the sound and good health of President Buhari to enable him succeed in delivery more dividends of democracy to the citizens,’’ he said.

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Suleiman-Masaka also appealed to Nigerians to always pray for the good health of leaders rather than curse them or wish them death.

According to him, Ramadan is a period for Muslims and mankind should draw closer to Almighty Allah for forgiveness and blessings.

“Praying for our leaders will bring more good things and will also bring peace, unity and national development,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the peaceful co-existence of the country irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.

Suleiman-Masaka said his organisation aimed at promoting peace, unity and progress in the country.

“As a national chairman of BOT of this organisation and a Nigerian, what we always preach to the people is peace and the need for Nigerians to avoid inciting comments and refrain from making provocative statements.

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“Because peace is panacea, non-negotiable and is the necessary requirement for the development of any society.

“It is in view of this that I appeal to Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to use the Ramadan fasting to continue to pray for the good health and safe return of our President Buhari,” he said.

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Besides, he advised Nigerians especially youths to be law abiding, respect constituted authorities, avoid negative tendencies and support the government at all levels in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

NAN reports that Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar in which one of the five pillars of Islam is practiced.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has asked Muslims to look out for the month from Friday and report its sighting to the nearest religious leader or traditional ruler in their community.

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The community leaders are expected to transmit such verified information to the council for further announcement to commence the 29 or 30 days fasting.

It is compulsory for all Muslims to fast during the month except the sick, pregnant and nursing women, the aged and others with special cases.